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Funny Poem About The Difficulty Of Losing Weight

Hi, my name is Alan Balter, and I am a retired university professor. I wrote "The Benefits of Exercise" because I have struggled to lose weight all of my life. I figure I have gained and lost about a thousand pounds as I yoyo up and down. Finally, at age 77, I have once again reached my target weight; still, when I look in the mirror it is not a pretty sight.

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The Benefits Of Exercise

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Published: October 2017

All my life I've been extra large, plus
   I'm known as a very large fellow.
I would easily pass as a school district bus
   If somebody painted me yellow.

"No secret to losing weight," I've been told.
   "Just cut the fat from your diet."
"Get up and about even if it's cold."
   Once again, I decided to try it.

But jogging was something senseless to me,
   And riding a bike seemed insane.
Joining a gym involved a large fee,
   And lifting weights was a pain.

So for exercise I choose horseback riding.
   It's fun and easier than it sounds.
It's a very effective form of dieting
   'Cause my horse lost forty pounds.



Alan Balter was born May 25th, 1939 in Chicago. He worked as a teacher for children with special needs before becoming a professor in the Special Education Department at Chicago State University. There, he prepared teachers for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and developmental delays. Along with Poetry for my Grandchildren and Everyone Else’s, his other publications include: Divided Apple: A Story about Teaching in Chicago, Learning Disabilities: a Book for Parents, and two novels entitled Birds of a Feather and Holden and Me.

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